It’s no secret that NE 125th Street has problems. The state of the heavily used, and aging roadway almost always comes up at community meetings and has become a sore point for many residents of Lake City. Arguments about road diets and potholes on the street seem to be required conversation anytime a City of Seattle official visits Lake City.
Well, staring Monday, June 10th, the Seattle Department of Transportation will kick off a major repaving project on the road.
Nearly five miles of asphalt roadway will be repaved during the project from Roosevelt Way at I-5 to NE 125th Street, through Lake City on 125th, and on to Sand Point Way NE all the way to NE 77th Street (just south of the northern entrance to Magnuson Park). The project is shown on the map below.
The traffic lanes are planned to keep their current configuration, with two minor changes:
- A right-turn-only lane will be created on westbound NE 125th Street between 30th Ave NE and 28th Ave NE (just before the library).
- There will also be an island built in the median of NE 125th Street just west of 20th Avenue NE and a north-south crosswalk marked at that intersection.
The project includes:
- Repairs to the surface below the asphalt pavement to better withstand traffic loads
- New asphalt pavement which provides a safer, smoother ride
- About 85 new or upgraded curb ramps to meet current accessibility standards
- Two new bus shelters
- Addition of three bio-retention structures to the storm-water system
On Monday construction will begin in zones 2 and 3 (see map at right).
Work will start with road grinding, saw cutting and base repair before finishing with road paving and re-striping. The road grinding and paving will take place primarily in the night time hours so if you live close to the roadway you may want to shut your windows at night or buy some earplugs to keep down the noise as you try to sleep.
125th and Roosevelt are wide enough to allow two-way traffic during construction, so traffic in this area will generally be maintained in both directions. However, 125th east of 35th Avenue NE and nearly all of Sand Point Way is too narrow for two-way traffic to safely pass around some of the work areas. In those areas there will be periods where detours and single lanes of travel will be in place.
When paving is done, a project to add sidewalks on the north side of 125h from 35th Ave NE to 40th Ave NE will begin. You can find out more about that project here.